Secunderabad: Union labour minister and Secunderabad MP Bandaru Dattatreya on Wednesday requested Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu to allocate more funds for early completion of MMTS Phase-II and also Akkannapet-Medak new rail line.
Dattatraya met the railway minister to thank him for providing Rs 141 crore for completing the last mile connectivity of Peddapally-Karimnagar-Nizamabad new rail line project. Dattatreya asked Suresh Prabhu to issue necessary directions to the zonal administration to finalise major tenders for earthwork and bridges so that the funds allocated for the projects could be fully utilised in this year.
Dattatreya also drew the attention of the minister towards the other two important projects in Hyderabad and Telangana, if necessary funds are allocated.
They are the MMTS Phase-II and Akkannapet-Medak new rail line for which only Rs 8 crore and Rs 5 crore were allocated respectively for this year. Dattatreya requested Suresh Prabhu to allocate at least Rs 50 crore for MMTS Phase-II and sufficient funds for Medak-Akkannapet line.
‘’The railway minister assured that depending on the provisions made by the state government for these projects in the state budget, commensurate funds would be made available from the railway side during the course of the year. As 2/3 of the cost for MMTS Phase-II is to be borne by the state government, Dattatreya was requested to take up with the state government for sufficient funds in their Budget,’’ an official release said.
Suresh Prabhu also added that priority was given in the Budget for the projects, which are on the verge of completion by allocating funds for completion of the same. However, if AP and Telangana feel that any other projects are to be given priority, they may come forward to share the cost of these projects. Necessary support will be given from the railways for arranging the balance funds, the railway minister said and promised to hold a separate meeting with the MPs of Telangana and AP over the issue.
Dattatreya also took up the issue of sparing discarded PSC sleeper lying along side the railway track on no cost basis for protecting about 70,000 irrigation tanks being taken up for improvement by TS government under Mission Kakatiya and Water Grid projects.